Get ready for a night of transcendent tunes as Shakina, the trailblazing trans activist and musical powerhouse, takes the stage for a TheatreWorks fundraiser unlike any other. Appearing here for the first time since her hit 2014 New Works Festival show, Shakina will premiere never-before-heard songs from her brand-new musical 5 & Dime, based on the classic play Come Back to the 5 & Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, with music by Dan G. Sells (Brokeback Mountain, Everybody’s Talking About Jamie), book by Ashley Robinson (Brokeback Mountain, Fall of ’94), and lyrics by Shakina herself!
Between numbers, she’ll give you unprecedented access to her writing process, including what drew her to this project and where it’s headed next. And the fun doesn’t stop when the show ends! Stick around for the after-party, where we’ll keep the music blasting and the drinks flowing, and you can hit the dance floor as we celebrate the Bay Area’s vibrant LGBTQ+ community. Don’t miss this unforgettable one-night-only event!
Shakina is a multi-talented artist known for her roles as Lola on Hulu’s Difficult People and Ellis on NBC’s Connecting. She also appeared on Amazon’s Transparent, as well as serving as a writer and producer on the show’s finale. A founding member and artistic director of New York’s Musical Theatre Factory, where she debuted her hit one-woman show Manifest Pussy, she is a recipient of the Lilly Award, the TRU Humanitarian Award from Theatre Resources Limited, and the Beatrice Terry Fellowship Award from the Drama League.
Prior to the show, Shakina will sit down for a conversation with host Michelle Meow of the “Michelle Meow Show,” for the Commonwealth Club of California, the nation’s oldest and largest public affairs forum. Meow’s program shares discussions with some of the most interesting and influential people in the LGBTQIA+ community and more. This conversation will take place at 6 pm at the Lucie Stern Theatre and is open to the public with tickets free of charge.